May I See Your ID, Please?
By Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo
Isn’t technology great? Our lives are so much easier now because of the advances we’ve made technologically. We have credit and debit cards, can check out back account balances online, email instead of the Pony Express and more. We also have state-issued identification. Most of us have a Driver’s License. For those who don’t, there are state-issued ID cards. When you buy something, you show ID. When you travel, you show ID. When you pick up a prescription, you show ID. Heck, when you buy some over-the-counter medicines (i.e.Sudafed) you show ID. When you get pulled over by a police officer, enroll your child in school, write a check, rent a car, open a bank account — you show ID! I’ve never heard anyone — liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, complain about making us all show ID before performing any of the aforementioned tasks in some way discriminates against certain people of this ethnic or racial background or the other. No one has ever said that asking to see one’s ID in the above scenarios is really a veiled attempt to stop minorities from traveling or buying stuff or opening a bank account. That’s why it’s so perplexing that the Obama administration is claiming that’s the reason Texas and other states are passing laws requiring citizens to show state-issued identification before voting.
We must keep the source of the protest in mind. Attorney General Holder is the same federal “Top Cop” who when refusing to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for clear, video -captured voter intimidation, alluded to the Civil Rights struggle of minorities before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In declining to prosecute, Holder said, “When you compare what people endured in the South in the ’60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia… I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.” In other words, “The men with billy clubs doing the intimidation where Black, so, it’s okay in this case.” As I’ve mentioned on my show, I become clearer everyday that Obama and Holder don’t seek equality. They want revenge. Unfortunately for them, it appears their attempts are failing this time. I’ll explain.
Because Texas is one of a handful of states which were cited for suppressing the minority vote in the past, it still has to put up with excessive federal scrutiny before any electoral decisions. It was a necessary move for its day. That day is over. AG Holder, by making the decision to block the Voter ID law in Texas, has now fast-tracked Texas to get off of the list of states continuing to be punished by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You see, Indiana’s Voter ID Law was challenged as well, and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state’s right to insure those voting were, in fact, eligible to do so.
Further, the reason why Holder states he and his goons attacked the law are ridiculous. He claims forcing voters to show ID before casting a ballot will somehow stop primarily minorities from voting. The Justice department cites fewer minorities as having state-issued identification than Whites. The suggestion is that Voter ID laws inherently lead to fewer minorities taking part in the electoral process. Problem is, the data shows just the opposite. Investor’s Business Daily writes: “The empirical evidence shows that voter ID laws do not suppress minority voting. In Georgia, black voter turnout for the 2006 midterm elections was 42.9%. After passage of photo ID laws, black turnout in the 2010 midterm rose to 50.4%. Black voter turnout also rose in Indiana and Mississippi after those two states enacted their voter ID laws.” Whoops, Mr. Holder, those reasons don’t pass the truth test.
Also worth mentioning is how denigrating Holder’s Justice department’s comments are to minorities. How is it that in 2012 the case can revolve around the insulting claim that minorities somehow don’t know how to get state-issued ID? I’m confused about the reason why Holder makes such a strange assertion and gets away with it. Can you imagine if I were to go on the radio and say, “Blacks and Latinos can’t seem to figure out how to get state-issued ID so we should not check IDs before they vote?” I would be excoriated — and you know it. Holder does it, and liberals line up behind him as if he discovered gravity. Fact is, he’s actually talking down to minorities. And, nobody should stand for it.
Are there people who are citizens and eligible to vote who do not have ID? Yes. Would it be fair to make them pay for an ID? No. Charging someone to vote — in any way — is illegal. What to do? Crazy, but true — Texas has made provisions for these issues. Along with a Driver’s License, Texans can provide a passport or concealed handgun license. For those still without one of these state-issued documents, Texas has even offered to give a free state identification card. This still wasn’t enough. It makes one wonder what the AG is afraid of? If worse comes to worst, only those allowed to vote will vote. What a concept.
By the way, for those of you confused as to how requiring and ID to vote will help, it’s actually pretty simple. Let’s say you register to vote and get your registration card. You lose it, or someone steals it. Without a requirement to show and ID, anyone can claim to be you and steal your vote. Did you know there are millions of dead people still on voter registration rolls? What’s to stop someone from voting in their place? With Voter ID, that’s not possible. It’s a no-brainer and logical. But, with this administration, up is down, night is day and logic seems to be something lacking consideration.
Love to hear your comments, Pags.
Joe Pagliarulo “Pags” is a radio talkshow host on the 950-AM, from 6 to 10 am Monday through Friday. You can call him during his show at 713- 212-5950. His website is www.joepags.com
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